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Veuve Clicquot Champagne 2002

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Ultimately, the reputation of a great Champagne house is based in its skill in blending a consistently fine flagship wine, rather than the vintage Champagnes, which follow exceptional weather. In Champagne, the style of a House is always more significant than the style of a single year, so the re-known of Veuve Clicquot is measured by the ongoing performance of Yellow Label. Veuve Clicquot has every reason for confidence.Yellow Label is a blend of unvarying quality, always fully mature, always perfectly balanced. Admired across the world, it owes its excellence to a superb holding of vineyards founded by Madame Clicquot and added to over two centuries. These produce the great crus of reserve wines which that oenological genius, Jacques Peters, can call on when he finalises the blend. In Britain, Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label has become famous as The Champagne of The Season, an essential part of the British summer. What better symbol could there be of celebration, sunshine and sporting success? The Blend: It is the sturdiness of Pinot Noir, which gives the Yellow Label its classical structure, with a touch of Pinot Meunier to add roundness. Chardonnay brings a certain elegance and finesse, essential for the harmony and balance of the wine. Grapes: Traditionally, the proportion of each grape variety used is 55% Pinot Noir, 15% Pinot Meunier and 30% Chardonnay. These figures vary slightly from year to year according to conditions. The blender has to achieve the total consistency of taste, colour and bouquet which makes Yellow Label so immediately recognisable, so utterly reliable. He will draw on priceless Reserve wines for the blend: from 25% to 35%, sometimes 40%. Each of these older wines, perhaps 8 years old, is kept separately to preserve the unique qualities of the vineyard and the vintage. On the senses: First, Yellow Label looks beautiful: golden yellow, with a foaming necklace of tiny bubbles. Next, it is so pleasing to the nose; initially reminiscent of white fruits and raisins, then of vanilla, and later of biscuits. Note the fine balance between the younger, 'fruity' wines and the older toasty wines, which made up the final assembly.The first sip delivers all the freshness and forcefulness so typical of Yellow Label, with a symphony of fruit taste following on. Here is a true member of the Brut family: powerful, well structured, admirably vinous. The lingering aromas echo and re-echo, with each fruit or spice note distinct. Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label manages to reconcile two opposing factors - forcefulness and finesse - and to hold them in perfect balance. This consistent power to please makes it ideal as an aperitif, and perfect as the champagne to enjoy with a meal. ABV: 12%

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Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin:
Founded in 1772, Veuve Clicquot is among the most prestigious Champagne Houses. Its extensive holdings, many originally purchased by Madame Clicquot, stretch throughout the top-rated areas of the Champagne region and are exceptional in size and quality. As in madame Clicquot's day, bottles age in the House's vast, vaulted cellars in Reims, portions of which were constructed some 2,00... Read more
Founded in 1772, Veuve Clicquot is among the most prestigious Champagne Houses. Its extensive holdings, many originally purchased by Madame Clicquot, stretch throughout the top-rated areas of the Champagne region and are exceptional in size and quality. As in madame Clicquot's day, bottles age in the House's vast, vaulted cellars in Reims, portions of which were constructed some 2,000 years ago by the Romans. The remarkable Madame Clicquot (1777-1866) is considered one of the first business-women of the modern era. Widowed in 1805 at the age of 27, Madame Veuve Clicquot (born Ponsardin) defied every convention of the day to take the helm of her late husband's small Champagne House. She personally supervised cellar activities and introduced innovative production techniques still used today. Champagne Veuve Clicquot is known internationally for its classically styled and full-bodied Champagne. Read less

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Vintage: NV 02/01/2008

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External Reviews for Veuve Clicquot Champagne

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Vintage: NV 01/16/2011

Ultimately, the reputation of a great Champagne house is based in its skill in blending a consistently fine flagship wine, rather than the vintage Champagnes, which follow exceptional weather. In Champagne, the style of a House is always more significant than the style of a single year, so the re-known of Veuve Clicquot is measured by the ongoing performance of Yellow Label. Veuve Clicquot has every reason for confidence.Yellow Label is a blend of unvarying quality, always fully mature, always perfectly balanced. Admired across the world, it owes its excellence to a superb holding of vineyards founded by Madame Clicquot and added to over two centuries. These produce the great crus of reserve wines which that oenological genius, Jacques Peters, can call on when he finalises the blend. In Britain, Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label has become famous as The Champagne of The Season, an essential part of the British summer. What better symbol could there be of celebration, sunshine and sporting success? The Blend: It is the sturdiness of Pinot Noir, which gives the Yellow Label its classical structure, with a touch of Pinot Meunier to add roundness. Chardonnay brings a certain elegance and finesse, essential for the harmony and balance of the wine. Grapes: Traditionally, the proportion of each grape variety used is 55% Pinot Noir, 15% Pinot Meunier and 30% Chardonnay. These figures vary slightly from year to year according to conditions. The blender has to achieve the total consistency of taste, colour and bouquet which makes Yellow Label so immediately recognisable, so utterly reliable. He will draw on priceless Reserve wines for the blend: from 25% to 35%, sometimes 40%. Each of these older wines, perhaps 8 years old, is kept separately to preserve the unique qualities of the vineyard and the vintage. On the senses: First, Yellow Label looks beautiful: golden yellow, with a foaming necklace of tiny bubbles. Next, it is so pleasing to the nose; initially reminiscent of white fruits and raisins, then of vanilla, and later of biscuits. Note the fine balance between the younger, 'fruity' wines and the older toasty wines, which made up the final assembly.The first sip delivers all the freshness and forcefulness so typical of Yellow Label, with a symphony of fruit taste following on. Here is a true member of the Brut family: powerful, well structured, admirably vinous. The lingering aromas echo and re-echo, with each fruit or spice note distinct. Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label manages to reconcile two opposing factors - forcefulness and finesse - and to hold them in perfect balance. This consistent power to please makes it ideal as an aperitif, and perfect as the champagne to enjoy with a meal. ABV: 12%


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Vintage: NV 10/16/2012

Ultimately, the reputation of a great Champagne house is based in its skill in blending a consistently fine flagship wine, rather than the vintage Champagnes, which follow exceptional weather. In Champagne, the style of a House is always more significant than the style of a single year, so the re-known of Veuve Clicquot is measured by the ongoing performance of Yellow Label. Veuve Clicquot has every reason for confidence.Yellow Label is a blend of unvarying quality, always fully mature, always perfectly balanced. Admired across the world, it owes its excellence to a superb holding of vineyards founded by Madame Clicquot and added to over two centuries. These produce the great crus of reserve wines which that oenological genius, Jacques Peters, can call on when he finalises the blend. In Britain, Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label has become famous as The Champagne of The Season, an essential part of the British summer. What better symbol could there be of celebration, sunshine and sporting success? Grapes : 55% Pinot Noir, 15% Pinot Meunier and 30% Chardonnay. Region : France / Champagne AOC Maker : Jacques Peters Notes : This fine champagne displays raisins, vanilla and brioche together with toasty aromas from ageing in the bottle. A beautiful balance between power and finesse. Serve : This consistent power to please makes it ideal as an aperitif, and perfect as the champagne to enjoy with a meal. ABV : 12%



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